What Happened in April 1840

Historical Events

  • Apr 27 Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 2 Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902)
  • Apr 11 John Conrad Nordqvist, composer
  • Apr 12 Edmond Audran, composer
  • Apr 19 Andrea Bezzola, writer
  • Apr 20 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter, born in Bordeaux (d. 1916)
  • Apr 21 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • Apr 25 James Dearing, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • Apr 27 Edward Whymper, 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 19 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • Apr 25 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (b. 1781)